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Publisher & Author Resources

Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in Mardel Christian & Education carrying your book or hosting a book signing at one of our 35 store locations. We welcome the partnership with publishers and authors, and want to ensure that whether we choose to carry a book or host a book signing it is beneficial to all parties involved. Furthermore, we have established set policies and guidelines.

Please select from the options below for additional information:

  • Click here if you would like more information about getting your book carried.
  • Click here for more information about a book signing.
     

How to Get My Book Carried

We ask that you or your publisher mail a non-returnable sample copy of your book to the address below for consideration.

Mardel, Inc.
Attn: Book Buyer
7727 SW 44th St.
OKC, OK 73179

All books must be distributed through one of the following distributors:

  1. STL Distribution
  2. Anchor
  3. Spring Arbor

They must also be one of the distributor's regular stocked items that do not need to be backordered. Print-on-demand is not considered regular stock because it has to be backordered.

Please note that due to the volume of inquiries received it can take several weeks to months before a decision is made. We will only contact you or the publisher should we decide to carry your book.

Any samples submitted for review will not be returned.
 

How to Request a Book Signing

Book signings are a great way for authors to gain exposure and build their profiles in local communities. If you would like to be considered for a book signing, please note the following guidelines:

  • We must carry the title. (See How to Get My Book Carried)
  • No consignment events will be scheduled at our store locations.
  • We must allow 6-8 weeks out for scheduling an event.
  • Book signings must be agreed upon by the author, store manager, and corporate office
  • Book signings will not exceed 3 hours.
  • No book signings will be scheduled on Sunday as we are closed.
     

How to Schedule a Book Signing

To schedule a book signing, e-mail a request to booksignings@mardel.com. Please indicate the following in your initial contact:

  • Author's name
  • Title of book
  • Name of publisher
  • Name of book distributer(s)
  • Number of books sold in the last 60 days
  • Store locations (online included) where your book is available
  • Number of books sold at previous book signing events (if applicable)
  • Mardel store location (or area) desired for the book signing event
  • Author's connection or following to the area
  • Author's plan to self-promote the event
  • Month or day author would like the event
     

How to Prepare for a Book Signing

Once your book signing has been scheduled and confirmed, please e-mail the following to booksignings@mardel.com:

  • Image of book cover in a high-resolution photo (300 dpi), at least 4"w x 6"h.
  • Professionally photographed headshot of author(s) in a high-resolution photo (300 dpi), at least 4"w X 6"h. (Please no snapshots.)
  • A short description of the book.
  • A short bio of the author.
     

How to Have a Successful Book Signing

Our most successful book signings occur when authors are engaging with customers and take active roles in promoting their book signing through word of mouth, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and networking with local media.

For more information contact booksignings@mardel.com.

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